Downcast for iPhone Review
The Apple made Podcast app, while free and now pre custodia smartphone samsung j5 bundled on iOS 8, will leave dedicated podcast fans frustrated beyond belief. Sure, you can custodia custodia cover huawei p smart 2019 juve iphone 5s put up with its quirks for a while, but you don’t have to. The Downcast iPhone app ($2.99) shines with excellent features, smart downloading options, and a great interface. It’s our Editors’ Choice for podcast catchers on the iPhone for good reason.
The design is sleek and contemporary, and the app is jam packed with features huawei p20 lite hoesje that are simple to find and use cover samsung s4 della juve but don’t clutter the screens. Apple’s Podcasts app, by comparison, has very few features, more limited playlist custodia smartphone samsung j5 2016 creation tools, many fewer options in the global settings (only a handful of settings per show), and no import/export OMPL option.
There is custodia cover samsung s6 one other app, however, that is equal to Downcast, but with different kinds of features: Pocket Casts ($3.99). The app, also known as Casts, is a stunning podcast catcher in its own right. As with any podcast app, downcast lets search and subscribe both audio and video podcasts. You can also, however, amazon cover samsung gt s6310n subscribe to podcasts manually custodia samsung s6 plus easily the appropriate URL.
Subscribing to a podcast automatically adds the latest custodia cover samsung note 9 episode to your list. Settings let you change that default action to do nothing, download all new episodes, download the most recent episodes, mark all new for streaming (rather than downloading to save space custodia iphone 5 c on your phone), or mark the most recent episodes for streaming.
Likewise, there are plenty of clean up options. You can keep: all, all unplayed, most recent, most recent unplayed, last two, last two unplayed, and so forth with several more options topping out at 20.
There’s one other kind of Downcast cleanup that I like: If you find a podcast you love but that has an exceptionally long and confusing title, you can rename it something much more comprehensible.
Playlist creation tools are also handy, letting you craft a playlist for routine listening (a Daily Commute list, perhaps) or for special occasions, like before a long cover samsung k zoom c115 flight.
While an episode custodia antiurto samsung j5 plays, you see buttons for quickly rewinding 15 and 30 seconds and for fast forwarding 30 seconds and 2 minutes, or change those time skips to be something different. Pocket Casts doesn’t have these buttons at all, which is irksome. Podcasts does have them, and even puts a pair on the locked screen, but the amount custodia iphone 7 plus antiscivolo of time isn’t adjustable.
Downcast also offers a sleep timer, a speed control button, and, of course, share buttons.
One of my favorite Downcast settings is the ability to customize not custodia samsung j600fn only how often the podcast custodia per a50 samsung catcher checks for new episodes, but also where you are when it does. A geo location option lets you set custodia iphone 6splus it to check for new episodes, when you arrive figurine pokemon at home custodia protettiva per iphone 5s or work, for example.
One feature I wish were in Downcast but isn’t is the ability to set episodes of a podcast to start after a fixed amount of time. Pocket Casts has this feature, and it’s brilliant. If you hate listening to the standard 50 second introduction of the TED Radio Hour, or the four full minutes of custodia iphone 6 morbida blather and sponsorships at the beginning of Risk, this feature is indispensable. It’s customizable for each podcast in your feed, too.
Downcast doesn’t have search or browsing options by network name. Pocket Casts, however, does. For example, if you’re really into Slate’s The Gist, you can see what other content published by Slate. Apple’s Podcast app lets you find custodia per cellulare samsung gt-s5260 content by searching, and browsing Featured shows and Top Charts, but not by network.
An Audio Winner
Downcast is PCMag’s Editor’s Choice for podcasting apps for the iPhone. Pocket Casts, which costs a dollar more, is also a very good option, with different features than Downcast’s. They’re both excellent: Which one you choose will depend on the exact features that matter to you…